Effexor withdrawal and weight loss

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I have had no side effects so far (except <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> minor headache) <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> am scared to be totally off of it. I am choosing a natural route. I attended a workshop and now purchased a book. It's called feeling good: the handbook. I highly suggest it to help change the way you are acting. I know where you are coming from though, prior to the pills everyone in my life was at the end of their ropes as well. Today, they tell me how pleasant I am.
When I decided in March of last year to stop the effexor, even with tapering off of it like my Doctor told me, I still had bad withdrawal. I ended up stopping <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> then joining <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> watchers, that seemed to help my depression more than any medications. Good luck to you. You also have to remember that everyone reacts different to medications. What made me gain weight may make you lose. Good luck!
I've been on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> for about 6 months now, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I've been able to lose <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span>, as well as gain <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span>. I was very concerned about taking it because I did not want to gain any more weight (I'm about 16 lbs overweight). My doctor told me that effexor is the one drug that does not make you gain weight. In fact, she told me it's an appetite supressor. I've been able to lose weight. But I don't have a sex drive, either.
I was on anti depressants for 8 years but I felt like I got more mood swings, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> gain, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> of sex drive on everyone of them. Finally I was on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> for 3 years <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I decided to come off because I felt like they were doing worse than better for me. I've been off of effexor for 23 days now and I wake up EVERY morning at the same exact time, sweating, nautious, anxious, and I run to the bathroom with loose bowels. I've been starting every morning like this every day since I came off.
If I could give any advice on this drug--DON'T take it...it's not worth the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> gain, withdrawal symptoms, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> not to mention the horribly low libido <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> inability to climax...I was in a relationship, and this made sex very frustrating for me and my partner. I think these drugs Pharmaceutical companies are pushing are WORSE than crack cocaine or heroin!!! They mess up your body and are almost Impossible to get off of!
I decided to wean myself off because I had not had one for over 3 years, I read that it could be impeding my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span>, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I didn't want to be on it when I decided to beome pregnant. With my doctor, I went to 75mg for a week, then to 37.5mg for 3 weeks. That ended 2 days ago and I am not doing well. I am extremely nausesous, I get exhausted easily, I get light-headed whenever I stand up, and I felt like almost had a panic attack when I tried to leave the house today for a quick errand.
I initially was given effexor for my Anxiety. It seemed to have helped, but I couldn't handle the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> gain <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> in sex drive. I have been trying to get off the meds for about 5 mos now and it's been hell. This past week has been the worst. I have weened down to about 37.5 every other day, but that is even hard.
Thanks so much for the procedure to get off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> to get on Cymbalta! It sounds like a good plan <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I hope <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> pray it works for me. Have you used both these antidepressants? Do you prefer one over the other? Thanks again!
Withdrawal is very individual, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> has one of the worst. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> yes, one of the things that can happen is you can end up with mental problems you never had before. Remember, the drug affects your brain, and alters how it normally functions. Doctors do not like to face this part of what they do for a living, and tend to want to avoid it altogether. That leaves us with little help. Google protracted withdrawal and you'll see you're not alone. But for almost everyone, it does go away.
My mother and best friend have been on my back for years trying to get me off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> (<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> off everything for that matter) <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> want me to try other "home remedies". I finally told them yesterday to back off. Only a person going through this depression/anxiety knows what it feels like. Everyone wants to diagnose me as just being "stressed out" since I don't have the "typical" depression of crying and such.
1st week on Zoloft, with no <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>, there were some withdrawals, but minimal <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> they passed quickly. 2 days now off everything <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> I feel fine. The final question will be once the Zoloft is out of my system in a few days. FYI…my physician, who seems to be experienced and knowledgeable with the effexor, informed me that even if I tried to taper down, I would go through withdrawals. He said “why go through it? Take the Zoloft for 10 days.” Bear in mind, I was only on 150 mg.'s for 6 mo.
I'm at 195 pounds now, and hope to be at 145-150 at some point. Anyone that has also gone off <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> took a LONG time to experience <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> who'd like to comment is very welcome to! We can all use the support!
How long did the pain last <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> where is (was) the pain? Any ideas why <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR attacks muscle <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> joints? I had terrible back pain both now in withdrawal, but I also had it when I started the medicine. It feels like the muscles are contracted very tightly and cannot relax. I can see this ocurring in times of great stress, but I do not feel that kind of stress now.
I have also ran out and have been without it for several days <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> the side effects are awful lots of vertigo <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> nightmares,I have also gained <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> just don't feel like when I do take it like I and suppose to which is 99% of the time that it is all that great . My Dr. told me nothing about how difficult it was to come off of and I am pretty upste about it, sorry I dont have any answer for you but if you figure it out let me know thanks!
The tingling in fingers, the mood swings, the stomach issues, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> yes the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> FATIGUE. I am only on 50 mg, and will not take more. I am surprised that so many people want to use this drug as a weight loss product. This is not a weight loss product, it is a serious drug, with serious side effects that you have to live with for the rest of your life. If I did not have to take it, I would not.
My doctor told me that effexor XR does not affect your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> if anything it causes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> of appetite or <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span>, which I did read on the perscription label from the pharmacy. Lately, I've been doing more research and all I am finding are blogs about people who have gained a minimum of 25 lbs!!!!! Can someone give me a straight answer as to yes, it makes you gain weight or no it does not?
i have severe relentless anxiety and terror over what i dont know , weeping all the time no sleep bleeding stomache <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> intestines rapid <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> total disinterst in anything mood swings <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> outburts of anger and now the darkest suicidal depression i have ever felt in my life. my legs and arms womt stop moving at first it was just restlessness and kicking and an ina bility to sit still now its like toothache nerve pain everywhere . with muscel and organ cramping .
fish, can't even stay in the kitchen when they are cooking) <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> sudden <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> which is just wrong since I haven't been getting any exercise because of the dizziness. Waiting for the holiday weekend to end so I can call the docs again.
I really do not want to do # 3 because <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> is helping me out so much, minus the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> night sweats of course. I much rather like the idea of stepping down to 75 effexor and then adding the Paxil, but is this acceptable ? Or would this cause a bad reaction ? Please, any help and answers will be greatly appreciated. Also, he said that if the Paxil worked as well for me as the effexor, then he would give me a script for it to replace the effexor. Thanks a lot !
I have never weaned off effexor but went from effexor to Cymbalta one time and did not have a withdrawal. Once I went "cold turkey" off effexor and it was brutal. I was disoriented, depressed, suicidal, headaches, brain zaps, nauseated and finally went into a mixed episode of my Bipolar shortly after. I would not ever suggest that! I am back on effexor now with other medications. effexor XR is the only antidepressant I have found that helps me. I beleive it takes a good 2 wks.
Well, being a male, I don't know anything about being pregnant, but as a father, I know plenty about worries of med reactions during pregnancy -- especially considering my wife is bipolar NOS and had to come off her meds during her second (and last) pregnancy. While that was difficult for her, I personally know it would have been truly impossible had one of her meds been effexor XR. I am a diagnosed depressive who has been on effexor since mid-June 2001.
I have been on a few anti-depressants starting with Celexa, Wellbutrin <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> now <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>... I started on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> about a month ago <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> have since noticed the exact same symptoms of acne! My chin under my lip has been breaking out continuously and as soon as one acne blemish is clearing up another whitehead comes! I have also developed acne on my back/shoulders with some very large pimples that just wont seem to go away.
i have been on 225 of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> it has helped me alot but the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> gain has been horrible. i crave carbs <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> feel hungry alot. but i tried goin off the effexor and had bad bad withdrawls. i took my time too. any ideas?
I just discontinued taking <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR after about 2 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> a half years <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> it was the most difficult <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> painful thing I have ever done! The side effects for me were: increased depression, confusion, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, and very weird dreams. The only relief I am getting is by switching to an SSRI, Celexa. The "Discontinuation Syndrome" from the effexor XR seems to be going away very slowly, but I hope surely! I hope that's helpful!
I've been dieting and going to a personal training but nothing is helping me lose the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span>! It's very frustrating. I've done some research <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> it seems some of the newer drugs (<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> Cymbalta) don't cause weight gain for as many people. In fact some cause weight loss. Has anyone had a good experience with effexor/effexor XR or Cymbalta?
Eye pain <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span>. I am only twenty three though so long term use is a real issue for me. But if i have to choose between life with medication and side effects or life without medication, I would not think twice to take medicine because without i have no life. You have to weigh the risks.
She checked her palm pilot for side effects and said there was not data showing shortness of breath as a side effect and ended up sending me home with a prescription for <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> XR 150mg. I went home <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> typed in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> shortness of breath and thank God I did because there were many sites addressing this issue. I called my MHFNP back on Friday to try and advise her I saw this on the internet.
I am on Day 4 of switching from effexor XR to Wellbutrin due to severe weight gain from Prozac, then <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>. Mentally, I felt great on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effexor</span>, but I was eating right <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> gaining <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span>, 70 lbs total. UGH. My MD asked me if I wanted to wean off of effexor and I opted to make the switch without weaning. Biggest mistake of my life. I was so anxious to get off effexor and I assumed that the benefits of Wellbutrin would counteract any "withdrawal" symptoms.
On my one month post NB recheck with the GP, I was taken off prozac and put on Lexapro (because of major <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>weight</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>loss</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> general shaky/week feeling) <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> she told me to take the lexapro in AM instead of PM. Also put me on trazadone 50 mg in PM along side of Xanax. After one month I asked to begin to wean off Xanax. got the ok. Very slowly began to wean. Once that was done, tried and succeeded to wean off trazadone. Once that was done, I tried to wean off Lexapro. By last year, Feb.
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